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Offline pippet

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reading marriage certificates in general
« on: Friday 03 December 04 22:11 GMT (UK) »
I am still on the trail of the blooming Bamfords. On My g granmothers birth cert she has no father, mothers name given as Bamford.
By the time she marries in 1884 her maiden name is Banford and she has a father  -  Henry Banford (who I can't find on any birth or death cert in the area).
Has anyone else had the experience that the fathers name column was used as the person who gives the bride away more than biological father?
Thanks again to everyone who has helped todate as I imagine everyone has enough to do looking for their own kin without losing time on other peoples! It is all very interesting.

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Re: reading marriage certificates in general
« Reply #1 on: Friday 03 December 04 22:15 GMT (UK) »
Yes, it wasn't unusual at all for the bride to enter the name of the person who gave her away as the father.  The name of a grandfather, uncle perhaps?

Also, it may be that her father's Christian name (if she knew who he was) was Henry but she used her own surname for him as that was the name which she herself used.  I have come across that also.

And, of course, there is always the possibility that she just made something up to save face!

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Re: reading marriage certificates in general
« Reply #2 on: Friday 03 December 04 22:27 GMT (UK) »
thanks I had feared as much. I guess that it makes it impossible then to find her father.
Didn't someone have to be physically present to be included on the cert? 

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« Reply #3 on: Friday 03 December 04 22:45 GMT (UK) »
There need only be four persons present - bride, groom and 2 witnesses!

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